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F430 Front License Plate Opportunity

Discussion in '360/430' started by 1949live, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    Denver, Colorado
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    David
    Hi all - after several decades of having a Ferrari poster in my workshop, I have finally joined the club with a lovely red on red F430 F1 Spider as shown below. Can't wait for the Denver winter to subside so I can stretch her legs :). I am using the interim time to clean up all the little nits that are important to me (like stickies and tail light repairs) but one that annoys me is the front license plate issue. Here in CO that is required and the two options available out there for brackets are close to $300 for what is really just a bent up piece of metal, which to me is exorbitant. I have use the Sto and Sho plate holders on other cars (https://bigmikesperformanceparts.com/), and they make great quality products at a fair price. Mike, the owner, is willing to look at making a bracket for the F430 at a much better price but would need an hour or so with a 430 to measure it out. They are located in Morgan Hill, CA. Anyone have a 430 nearby that would be wiling to stop by for an hour or so of measuring? Please contact Mike at sales@stonsho.com and let me know you have done so so that I can monitor Mike's progress. Thanks much and I look forward to chatting with you all about F430's!
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  2. 9650max

    9650max Karting
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    Apr 28, 2011
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    Go to moweraxle.com and buy the 430 plate holder.It screws into the tow hook hole on the right front of your car. Nice clean look and around 100 bucks with shipping. I have it on my 430 and have bought and used several of them on various cars.
     
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  3. brs5280

    brs5280 Rookie
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    Feb 3, 2020
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    Beautiful car - congrats on the purchase. I'm in Denver and am also looking for an F430. Where did you find yours?
     
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  4. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    Thanks for that. I should have mentioned that I did look at tow hook solutions and don't like them - I don't like to remove the bumper cover for the hole, personally I don't think they look nearly as good as a real centered plate holder (which the 430 seems to have a natural place for), and I have read of some reports of these interfering with the sensors. So for now I'd like to see if we can get a reasonably price plate holder like the expensive types but much less expensive. Just need a nearby 430 owner to stop by and see Mike.
     
  5. PBT58

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  6. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    Denver, Colorado
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    David
    Found my car in the Chicago area. Was actually a find through Fchat.
     
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  7. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    David
    Agreed with all you said. I was just looking for a more cost effective solution. Sto and Sho's units are nearly all less that $100 so I was hoping I could get one from them at a similar price for the F430. Thanks.
     
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  8. MJGinTX

    MJGinTX Karting

    Mar 30, 2019
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    Colleyville, TX
    I have the carbonic as well. Works great - no issues. It’s super easy and quite sturdy.

    Although to be honest I rarely attach it. I keep it in the trunk. If I were ever to get pulled over I would state that the car had recently been detailed and that they must have forgot to attach. I would then take it out, and attach it.
     
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  9. recoil

    recoil Formula Junior

    Sep 7, 2007
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    I'm a buyer if this happens. I tried the tow hook thing and didn't like it at all.

    Unfortunately, I'm on the wrong coast.

    Steve
     
  10. JaguarXJ6

    JaguarXJ6 F1 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2003
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    Congrats on the purchase! I would be seriously shocked if you got pulled over for no front plate. 10k miles of spirited driving from home in the front range to Denver, CO Springs, the Peak, Estes Park, etc never once hassled. Not even during VIN verification for any of the cars with no front plate was it ever mentioned. They did joke they had to drive it to verify it was real. :) Your experience may vary, pay the fine, move on!
     
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  11. Mikael-F360

    Mikael-F360 Formula Junior

    Apr 3, 2017
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    In my country there are automatic speed control systems that take photos of the car front when you are speeding. To not have a licence plate on the front would save you from getting a ticket. But would also be a serious offence.
     
  12. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    No volunteers in the Morgan Hill, CA area? Must be a lot of Ferrari's there :)
     
  13. Carbonio

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    Thank you all for the kind comments about our plate mounts. Yes it is a pricier option but it is also an F430 specific product that cannot be used with any other cars.

    The guys at Big Mikes Performance make a neat product that works well in a number of applications. It is a universal part that is made to work with as many cars as they can. Unfortunately on an F430 to make it work would involve either screwing or adhering the receiver piece of their assembly to the underside of the lower center winglet. This is fairly intrusive and leaves a visible piece behind when the plate is removed. Our mount is 100% self-contained, goes on and off in seconds, and leaves nothing behind when removed.

    F-chatters are extended a discount (PM for discount code) and we have mounts in stock and ready to ship.

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  14. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    Thanks for the comments. While the Carbonio unit is very nice, and I have no beef with it, I am looking for a more cost effective solution. Mike is willing to make a custom part for the F430 if someone in the area can stop by his shop for measurements. Nearly all of Mikes brackets are sub $100 and are high quality - I have used them on some of my other cars. So anyone that can help will get a free mount.
     
  15. Shahski

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    Oct 18, 2018
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    I have this on my 2009 F430. It's made from a malleable plastic, so can be contoured onto the curvature of the bumper. I am UK based, and would be happy to furnish you with details of my supplier. Image Unavailable, Please Login
     
  16. RedTaxi

    RedTaxi Formula 3
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    I bent my plate to match the curve on the front. 3M tape...done.
     
  17. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    How was removeall - does it damage the paint on the bumper when you pull it off? What 3M tape did you use - they make hundreds of types. Thanks.
     
  18. 1949live

    1949live Karting

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    Sorry i have no idea how to PM you for the data - can you PM me?
     
  19. Alan NZ

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    Sep 10, 2017
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    My plate is also bent to the bumper profile and taped on. In New Zealand the plates don't need to be taken off as we use a windscreen label for registration/licensing.
     
  20. 1949live

    1949live Karting

    Sep 18, 2014
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    I meant if and when i ever sell the car can i remove it without damage. What tape - manufacturer and number - do you use? Thanks.
     
  21. Chiaroman

    Chiaroman Formula 3
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    Like a previous poster said, Just drive it.

    Been driving a 308 and now a 360 and got stopped once in 20 plus years and was not ticketed.

    Enjoy the car.

    Any plate on the front is a detriment to the beauty of the car.
     
  22. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 Formula 3

    Jan 23, 2014
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    i drive mine with out a front plate. In Oregon it is a non-moving violation meaning they will not pull you over for it. If you are publicly parked they write you an $80 ticket. I mostly park in parking structures or on private lots. I got the $80 ticket a few times but i just pay it. it's worth it considering how bad a 430 looks with a front plate
     
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  23. killer58

    killer58 Formula 3
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    I carry mine behind the driver seat. On the rare occasion I park on a public street, I place it on the dash.
    I haven’t had front plates in 40 years.
     
  24. RedTaxi

    RedTaxi Formula 3
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    Mines a personalised plate and will stay with the car if I sell it. It's doublesided 3M, is 1.2mm thick and a dark green colour. No part number sorry. I'm sure I could peel it off but wont ever be trying. We need front plates here. How else can speed cameras and toll road cameras get you? Some people put printed decals on instead of government issue plates. They get fined.
     

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